UAAP Season 81: FEU remains unbeaten; DLSU earns first win
Mark Escarlote on Mar 02, 2019 12:55 PM
Far Eastern University remained unscathed after four outings.
Far Eastern University went through the wringer before preserving its unbeaten record in a 17-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-19, 15-13, escape over University of Sto. Tomas Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament at the Big Dome.
Jude Garcia waxed-hot and dropped 23 points with 18 coming off attacks while adding 20 excellent receptions and six digs for the Tamaraws’ fourth win in as many outings for a hold of the solo lead.
Meanwhile, De La Salle University barged in the win column after four tries after burying winless University of the Philippines, 25-21, 25-21, 25-18, in the second game.
Kiefer Reyes finished with 16 points while Cris Dumago scored all of his 14 markers on attacks for the Green Spikers, who gave new coach Arnold Laniog his first win.
John Millete was the only Fighting Maroon in double figures with 15 points. UP fell to 0-4.
FEU rose from a 1-2 match deficit and with momentum on its side, the Tams raced to a 10-6 lead in the fifth frame and held on to their cushion to stop the Tigers. FEU got a lucky break late in the fifth set after UST closed in, 14-13, as Kris Silang sealed the win on an over-receive that landed inside.
“Thank you so much sa mga players kasi hindi bumitaw. Talagang ‘yung contribution ng bawat isa, pinakita. Noong kailangan si Silang, nag-boom. Noong nagkailangan si (Mark) Calado, nag-boom. Noong medyo gumive-up ‘yung team captain ko, may suporta nang kasama,” said FEU coach Rei Diaz. “Sabi ko nga lagi sa kanila eh hindi ka magta-trabaho mag-isa sa volleyball. Volleyball is a team [sport] kaya nga nagpa-practice kami as a team.”
“’Yung breaks na ibinigay sa amin, blessing,” he added.
JP Bugaoan added 15 points while Redijon Paler posted 14 markers for the Tams, who received a combined 17 points from Peter Quiel and skipper Richard Solis.
UST saw its two-game winning streak snapped to slide back to 2-2 win-loss slate.
Joshua Umandal led the Tigers with 20 points with all but one coming off attacks while Jaron Requinton had 16 markers. Manuel Medina hand 13 points while Jayvee Sumagaysay had 11 for UST.
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